Market Performance Group adds Merck vet to leadership team
PRINCETON, N.J. — Independent strategy consulting and sales management company Market Performance Group has tapped a former Merck executive to be part of its leadership team. Rhonda Johnson, who was Merck Customer Care’s U.S. chief customer officer, will be joining the company as its EVP and client lead.
“MPG has gained a great resource and leader in Rhonda,” MPG Managing Partner Marc Greenberger said. “At MPG, Rhonda is applying best practice learnings from her years of experience to help clients successfully tackle internal and external challenges and set themselves apart from the competition.”
In her role at Merck, which she had held since 2011, Johnson oversaw the company’s engagement efforts and worked to shape global selling strategies while focusing on talent management initiatives across sales and marketing organizations. Before Merck, Johnson was VP sales at Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Nutritionals. She has worked directly for Johnson & Johnson and works with the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association, where she is a board member and first vice president. Johnson has served on the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Executive Retail Advisory Board.
“Joining the MPG team provides the opportunity to work with amazing people and brands across a broad spectrum of categories, channels, and manufacturers,” she said. “Utilizing my experiences to help a wide range of companies solve their business challenges is quite rewarding.”
Daily Diversion: CVS-themed birthday party
Blogger and mom Sarah Fortune has written about her daughter Iris’ love of her local CVS/pharmacy in Fayetteville, Ark., for about 10 months. So when Iris’ fourth birthday rolled around and she asked for a CVS-themed party, Fortune pulled through — as did the local CVS.
“But when CVS headquarters heard about Iris’ party, they sent us tons of snacks, favors, and party supplies to celebrate. How cool is that?” Fortune wrote in a blog post about the party. “And when we told the local store manager about what kind of party we were having, he was so sweet to donate some CVS-brand water bottles to add to the goodie bags. Not to mention that her year was MADE when they flashed a big “Happy Birthday” message to Iris up on the big sign out front.”
Check out the photo from Fortune’s Instagram above, and click here to see more photos from the CVS-themed bash.
DSN/CCA webinar to examine use of big data, analytics in pharmacy, retail clinics and more
Increasingly, insurers and healthcare providers are creating and analyzing giant data sets to support quality improvement, planning, population health management and cost effectiveness. Mobile phones, online shopping, social networks, electronic communication, GPS, and instrumented machinery all produce a mass amount of data as a by-product of their ordinary operations. Everyone is now a walking data generator and the data available are often unstructured simply waiting to be released.
To help key healthcare stakeholders and industry professionals better understand the critical importance of managing big data and harnessing control over an infinite amount of information, Drug Store News and the Convenient Care Association will host an exclusive webinar, “Big Data,” presented by CVS Health VP, enterprise analytics, Bob Darin. Slated for Wednesday, Nov. 11, “Big Data,” is part of the six-part, DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, which runs through December. Click to register.
“Retail health clinics in traditional retail chain drug stores have become a critical boardroom conversation and a key platform to transform traditional brick and mortar retailers into integrated healthcare providers,” said Wayne Bennett, group publisher of Drug Store News.
“This educational platform is unique because the webinars are specifically designed for healthcare leadership and professionals and showcase the value proposition of the retail health industry,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association.
Moderated by Drug Store News editor Rob Eder, the DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 3, and includes:
- Integrated health care throughout the store, presented by Web Golinkin, CEO Rite Aid Rediclinic and Health Dialog.
- The role of telehealth in retail health care, presented by Tobias Barker, VP, medical operations, MinuteClinic.
- Partnerships in Population Health, presented by Patrick Carroll, MD, medical director for Walgreens Health Care Clinic.
- Chronic Care and Retail Health, presented by Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, VP, affiliations and patient-centered strategies, The Little Clinic.
- Emerging Payment Models, presented by S. Lawrence Kocot, principal and national leader of the Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight, KPMG.
The DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series runs through December, with archived sessions available for one year at DrugStoreNews.com. For the complete webinar schedule, detailed session descriptions and registration information, click here.